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Rollfast Partners with Carmel Clay Parks & Rec for 13th annual Tour de Carmel
Writer / Pat Carlini
Four Day Ray recently hosted a beer tapping party to celebrate their partnership with Rollfast – a cycling club that promotes wellness and health in our local community.
The “Tap the Possibilities” event tapped a new beer — the “Rollfast Glowing Blonde”, a strawberry rhubarb with a hint of jalapeno beer —specifically created for the event by FDR’s Brewer Mitch Ackerman.
FDR donated 50 cents to Rollfast for each pint sold at the tapping party, and the first 250 customers received a limited edition Rollfast Fondo pint glass.
“It was a great night and great support for Rollfast,” says Rollfast owner Matt Tanner.
Rollfast promotes cycling events all over Indiana to create opportunities for people to ride, no matter what experience level.
“Growing awareness and creating healthy outlets in communities helps us fund children that need assistance getting into cycling,” says Matt, who started the non-profit in 2015 to create grants and scholarships for youth in the area who want to pursue their cycling dreams. “It’s a circular funnel where we do what we love, people ride more, and we help the next generation of bicyclists.”
Rollfast paid for 15 entries to ride in the Grand Fondo (Italian big ride) — the organization’s largest fundraiser and community event held in September.
This year, Rollfast has more exciting news as they have partnered with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) to present the 13th annual Tour de Carmel scheduled for September 17. This year’s event will serve as a transition year as Tour de Carmel migrates from a CCPR event to Rollfast Gran Fondo in 2018.
“We want Carmel to be a nationally known bike town and evolving this classic event will get the national attention it deserves,” Matt says. “The Fondo is now ranked 8th in the nation and attracts riders from around the world.”
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s registration for the 2017 five- mile ride will go to the Carmel Parks Foundation. Matt says he is looking forward to this year’s Grand Fond, and he is proud of how far Rollfast has come.
“Our vision has always been to transform greater Indianapolis into a first-of-mind bike city, he says. “It will take generations but it’s happening today.”
For more information visit rollfastcycling.com or contact Rollfast founder Matt Tanner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rollfast Partners with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation for 2017 Tour de Carmel
(May 1, 2017 - Carmel, Ind.) – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) and Rollfast have entered into an agreement to collaboratively present the 13th annual Tour de Carmel, scheduled for September 17, 2017. This year’s event will serve as a transition year as Tour de Carmel migrates from a CCPR event to Rollfast Gran Fondo in 2018.
This year’s ride will be approximately 5 miles long (an addition to Rollfast’s offering 25/65/100-mile ride offerings) utilizing multi-use paths, trails and sidewalks. The bike ride will start at 10 a.m. and finishes at the Rollfast Gran Fondo festival where riders may purchase food and beverages as well as take part in the Recovery Tent and enjoy live music.
“We want Carmel to be a nationally known bike town and evolving this classic event will get the national recognition it deserves,” said Matt Tanner, Rollfast owner. “It’s always been in the back of my mind that the Tour de Carmel’s next progression would be utilizing our small route at the Fondo. Now it is a reality as the Fondo is ranked 8th in the nation, attracting riders from around the World.”
Rollfast will be working alongside CCPR concerning funding, advertising and event-planning, providing each other with resources to ensure a successful transition. Rollfast, soon to become the main contact for the Tour de Carmel, will be donating $1 of each registration for the 2017 five mile ride to the Carmel Parks Foundation.
For more information on the event or sponsorship, visit http://www.rollfastcycling.com/ or contact Rollfast founders Matt and Chris Tanner at 317-281-8479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) holds the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for parks serving populations of 75,001 to 150,000. As an accredited agency, the department serves the recreation, fitness, and nature needs of the community, manages and develops existing spaces and resources and creates a sustainable future for parks and recreation programs through a financially viable and environmentally conscious parks system. CCPR manages and maintains more than 500 park acres and numerous recreation facilities, including the Monon Community Center and The Waterpark. In addition, CCPR has partnered with Carmel Clay Schools to establish Extended School Enrichment (ESE), a before and after-school care program for K-6 students located at all eleven Carmel elementary schools. The Summer Camp Series is a component of ESE that offers 12 different summer camps accommodating children ages 5-15. For more information, visit carmelclayparks.com
Top 15 U.S. Gran Fondos for 2017
Each of these rides have achieved great things in their own special way
Each year we like to reflect on the previous season, recognizing those rides that have innovated, inspired and motivated cyclists, supported worthy causes and contributed to the phenomenal growth of the U.S. Gran Fondo scene.
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#8. Rollfast Gran Fondo
September 17th 2017 - Carmel, Indiana
Rollfast [noun] - a cycling brand that promotes events, creates opportunities for youth, offers stylish apparel and always rocks hard.
The Rollfast Gran Fondo has been ranked a Top 10 in the Country for the past 3 years. With three routes to choose from. The Piccolo, The Medio and The Gran you can ride any pace you choose. Each route has plenty of rest stops stocked with food and drinks. One even has fried chicken!
After the ride, catch your breath in the recovery tent with NormaTec boots, recovery drink, a quick massage and chiro adjustment. Then grab a beer, make a plate of food and enjoy the live band and a streaming Fondo video. The Gran Fondo includes; Professionally designed routes, Police controlled start/finish, Motorcycle escort, Support trucks, Chip timing with live results, Rest stops with lunch provided, Finisher Medal, Post ride meal and beer, Festival access, Live video feed from the front of Sub4 group.
The Rollfast Gran Fondo has always been a fast ride. The course is flat and sheltered from wind by tall Indiana corn. In 2015 a challenge was submitted to finish in under 4 hours. Several local teams worked together and 25 finished under the 4 hour mark.
By 2016, the legend had spread across the borders of the United States into Canada and even Puerto Rico. “This is one fast event.” New riders traveled and conquered the SUB4 Challenge.
In 2017 we will provide added neutral moto support. Live video feeds will give the feel of a World Tour event on the front of the pack and finishers will be rewared with a custom belt buckle for their efforts.
To keep the pace high the Gran Fondo was paced the entire ride by the B.O.M.B Motorcycle club. A dozen sweet, custom and very loud Harley bikes lighting it up to ensure the lead two groups had the road, stopping traffic, for ALL 100 miles.
31 riders finished in the SUB4 Club including founder Matt Tanner, Cinch Cycling's Tom Danielson and the legend that is Bob Roll, riding alongside riders from Zipp Team, TOAD cycling, Team Phoenix, Hero’s, Team Nebo Ridge and a few other strong teams. The fastest time for 100 miles was 3h 52m and 48s. That’s fast!
This year riders that complete the Sub4 Challenge will receive a custom belt buckle for their efforts. Following the tradition of races like Leadville, the Rollfast Sub4 buckle will be designed with Indiana inspiration and the Sub4 Logo.
This legendary ride is so popular it sells out way in advance every year. This year there are 800 places available.
The Rollfast Gran Fondo realizes that not everybody is a world class athlete capable of rolling at a 26mph average. But that doesn't mean you can't set a PR. In fact, so MANY finished their first ever SUB5 hour century. That is no small feat either. In 2017, Rollfast will be recognizing all finishers that break the 5hr barrier as well!
So, if you are gunning for the SUB4 Club, or just trying to set a PR, the Rollfast Gran Fondo is quickly becoming the premier event in North America to turn your fastest century time ever. Sign up and come ride your fastest century ever!
For more information please visit - rollfastfondo.com
The vision of the Rollfast Gran Fondo is building a happier and healthier world through cycling. Matt and Chris Tanner founded the Rollfast Gran Fondo with the objective of sharing their passion for riding bikes in arguably one of the prettiest landscapes in the Mid-West.
Rollfast Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance wellness by promoting bicycling as a means to good mental and physical health through events that also create opportunities for the youth of Indiana. Their vision is to create a cycling legacy in Indiana. What started as a hobby creating cycling inspired t-shirts quickly lead to a cycling club and then one of the top rated cycling events in the United States. With this momentum, they have been able to accelerate the development of many young cyclists. No longer are there only scholarships for football, basketball and baseball. Rollfast is closing the mainstream sports gap by offering scholarships to youth age 15-18 to further their cycling dreams.
Last year Rollfast were able to sponsor Jacob Hoggard. Hoggard a Carmel native who has been racing since 2013. He began his career riding for the Rollfast Cycling Club. He currently races for First Internet Bank, whose colors he carried by taking part in the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins. Abitibi is the only North American stop on the prestigious UCI Juniors Nations cup circuit. Comprised of seven stages—all of which take place in Europe except Abitibi—the Juniors Nations Cup is an international road cycling race that draws thousands of participants from 40 countries. His debut in Abitibi let him shine an international spotlight on his talent and the larger pool of world class cyclists living and training in Indiana.
The contribution Rollfast teammates made to his training and ability to compete at this level are undeniable.
It’s all about bikes. And Matt Tanner knows a thing or two about 'em...
ActiveLIFE Magazine August 2016
Ariticle By Matthew HumePhotos By Eduardo Pena
Spend just 20 minutes with Rollfast CEO Matt Tanner, and you'll understand me when I say that the sport of cycling absolutely consumes the man. Not that that's a bad thing, especially when you're running a nonprofit dedicated to promoting better health through cycling, and providing training opportunities for young, promising Indiana cyclists. When I met with Matt a few weeks ago at a local cafe, it wasn't hard to spot him, decked out in his Rollfast cycling kit, geared up to head out on an hour-or-so-long ride on the Monon Trail. (I'd found him on a “rest” day.) “My coach, Tom Danielson, sends me a week-long training plan, which we adjust as goals are met or not met,” Matt explains in answer to my question about his training regimen. “Yesterday, I did a two-hour ride with some pretty intense intervals, called VO2 max—so it's like giving maximum effort for four minutes, then resting—it was a 40- mile ride, a typical day.” Matt's training right now for the Indiana State Time Trial, coming up in mid-August. After that, he says, his time will be devoted almost exclusively to the Rollfast Gran Fondo, the organization's most high-profile fundraiser and community building event of the year. I found it a little hard at first to get a man so completely devoted to the sport of cycling to talk about his past life as a web designer. But a little perseverance paid off. “I studied computer graphics at Purdue, and when I graduated I was on the very front-edge of Internet web development,” Matt says. He worked for about 15 years, doing web design and development, and for the first several years, Matt took pride in being one of the few people who understood both the graphic design and coding aspects of building web sites. “It was really cool to be doing something no one else was doing, and for a couple of big clients.” But as time marched on, and coding became more and more accessible to anyone with the interest and some basic aptitude for it, the thrill of being on that cutting-edge wore off. “By the time I met my wife, Chris, the romance with web design was over, so to speak.” And so Chris floated an idea by him: Why not quit and put his mind to use doing something he was passionate about? In 2012, as crazy as Matt thought the idea was at first, he finally decided to take that leap, leaving behind his web development career and opening the door to a rich, new life—one that would promote cycling and ultimately give back to the community around him.
Enter the Gran Fondo
As it turns out, you can take the designer out of the office, but you can't stop the creative process. “I started doing design stuff for myself, just playing around and making these cycling designs—and I didn't really know what to do with them,” Matt says. With a little encouragement from Chris, Matt started planting his designs on T-shirts and opened a store dedicated to cycling inspired shirts. “We adopted the name 'Rollfast' from a vintage line of bicycles no longer in production,” he says. “I liked the name—everybody wants to go fast, from the time you're a little kid on your tiny bike. So we took the name, put it on the shirts, and that was Rollfast for the first six months.” Soon thereafter, a cycling club came under the Rollfast brand. “There was a group of about 20 guys I rode with all looking to join a new team. But as competitive as these guys and I were, I wanted to be 'bike focused' instead of 'race focused.' So we formed Rollfast Cycling Club, and we welcomed people that were passionate about riding, no matter their skill or speed,” Matt says. It didn't take long before Matt started to envision what Rollfast—the store and now the club—could do to bring a more present awareness of cycling to the people of central Indiana. “Chris and I took some cycling trips in France and Spain, and we saw people that were really passionate about riding bikes and wanted to bring that atmosphere back with us,” Matt says. “In some states, they were already capturing the tone with Gran Fondos, but it wasn't in Indiana yet. We decided to be the first.” (“Gran Fondo,” in case you're curious, translates loosely from Italian to mean “Big Ride.”) The inaugural Rollfast Gran Fondo in September 2013 presented the first mass start, timed, noncompetitive cycling event in the state. Since then, Rollfast has brought world-class professional riders—stage winners and top- 10 finishers in the Tour de France—to ride right alongside Gran Fondo participants. “If you're a competitive cyclist like me, we have the 100-mile timed ride,” Matt says. (Last year, that competitive bunch completed the century in just 03:52:48.) But there's also the 25-mile “Piccolo” route for those who simply want to embrace the party atmosphere of a well-choreographed mass cycling event. “Community building is what it's all about,” Matt says. “Before the race, Square Donuts shows up early in the morning with donuts for everyone, and Hubbard and Cravens provides the coffee. On the 25-mile route, we have rest stops with fried chicken, fruit, watermelon, hydration, bananas. I tell people you can stop twice on the 25-mile route and have two picnics, and you won't run out of food. When it's all over, we drink beer and wine and listen to live music. It's not about how fast you go or what place you come in—it's about pushing yourself and having a good time while doing it.”
Fostering a Legacy
In December 2015, Rollfast took yet another step towards creating a cycling legacy here in Indiana. “There's a terrible opportunity gap for many young cyclists to make the transition from a recreational rider to a competitive cyclist,” Matt says. He points to myriad difficulties for would-be pro cyclists. For one, there are only 23 high school cycling clubs— none in Indiana—registered with USA Cycling in the U.S. And for those lucky enough to live near one, there's the cost of equipment to consider. Matt knew it was time to carry the Rollfast mission to a higher level. “Last year, Rollfast filed to become a non-profit with the goal of creating grants and scholarships for youth in the area to pursue their cycling dreams,” Matt says. “For instance, earlier this year, we connected a junior cyclist in Zionsville to Tom Danielson.” Pro cyclist Tom Danielson, whose name you might recognize as Matt's coach, has competed in the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Tour of California— and he won the Tour of Utah in 2013 and 2014. He worked with the Zionsville youth at a camp Danielson runs, Cinch Cycling Camp, and was so impressed with his cycling that he coached him for another four weeks after camp was over. The young cyclist will compete at the junior level in 2016 and aspires toward a pro contract. Matt also tells me that Rollfast granted their first scholarship to a local cyclist this summer so that he could race in Canada at the Tour de L'Abitibi, the only North American stop on the UCI Juniors National Cup circuit. The goal for Rollfast in this first year of their non-profit status is to provide four scholarships—and Matt emphasizes the role community support must play in achieving this goal. “We need donors to help fund these scholarships,” Matt says, “and we need help spreading the word to kids that cycling is a sport in which they can participate.” What does the future hold for Rollfast? Matt doesn't know for sure. “We may now be a non-profit, but it's still all about the bikes,” he says. “I love that.” And although he can't predict where Rollfast will roll on to next, Matt knows it will revolve around bikes and youth. “Ten years from now, I see Rollfast in many different cities and giving out thousands of dollars to kids who just want to ride their bike.” It really is all about the bikes, after all.
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Rollfast to sponsor Indiana junior cyclist in North America’s only UCI Juniors Nations Cup race
July 13, 2016 – Jacob Hoggard will race in Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins from July 18-24, 2016, in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada. Carmel, Indiana, based Rollfast has agreed to provide $1,000 in sponsorship to the up and coming rider. His debut in Abitibi will shine an international spotlight on his talent and the larger pool of world class cyclists living and training in Indiana.
Abitibi is the only North American stop on the prestigious UCI Juniors Nations cup circuit. Comprised of seven stages—all of which take place in Europe except Abitibi—the Juniors Nations Cup is an international road cycling race that draws thousands of participants from 40 countries. The 2016 event is.the 46th annual.
Hoggard is a Carmel native who has been racing since 2013. He began his career riding for the Rollfast Cycling Club. He currently races for First Internet Bank, whose colors he will carry to Canada later this month. The contribution Rollfast teammates made to his training and ability to compete at this level are undeniable. The Rollfast Cycling Club has trained with World Tour cyclists George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde, and others.
“From the moment I met Matt, he and the Rollfast crew supported me in every step of my racing career. After being invited to race in the Tour de l’Abitibi, I was thrilled to earn the Rollfast scholarship. It will allow me to compete with the best racers, on an international stage,” said Hoggard.
“Jake is a talented rider who is just beginning to tap his true potential,” said Rollfast founder Matt Tanner. “The ability to train with cyclists who compete at the international level is a huge opportunity for him to take it all to the next level.”
Hoggard is trained by John Singleton of Singleton Coaching. Of his development, Singleton said, “Racing in an ultra-competitive, international field of the best junior racers is a great next step in Jacob’s progression as a cyclist.” Racing at this level carries a steep financial burden, according to Singleton. “Rollfast is helping make every pedal stroke count and give him a deeper understanding of what it takes to race your bike at the highest level.”
On Wednesday, July 13, Carmel Mayor James Brainard and Councilman Bruce Kimball participated in a check presentation with the Hoggard family and Tanner at The Bikeline at Carmel City Center. Hoggard is one of several Indiana riders to compete in the Abitibi. Thomas Revard, son of The Bike Line co-owner Bill Revard and current Marian University rider, competed twice.
As part of its fundraising activities, Rollfast hosts a Gran Fondo cycling event. This year’s ride is September 18, 2016, and will feature Bob Roll and Tom Danielson.
About Rollfast Inc
Rollfast Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance wellness by promoting bicycling as a means to good mental and physical health through events that also create opportunities for the youth of Indiana. Our vision is to create a cycling legacy in Indiana. What started as a hobby creating cycling inspired t-shirts quickly lead to a cycling club and then one of the top rated cycling events in the United States. With this momentum, we have been able to accelerate the development of many young cyclists. No longer are there only scholarships for football, basketball and baseball. Rollfast is closing the mainstream sports gap by offering scholarships to youth age 15-18 to further their cycling dreams. For additional information please visit www.RollfastCycling.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins
The 48th edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi will take place from July 18th to 24th, 2016 in Rouyn-Noranda. Taking place over a week, several arrivals and departures are scheduled at different locations in the region to make the yearly participating 180 cyclists enjoy an unforgettable experience. Sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins is the only one out of the 7 competitions of the UCI Juniors Nations Cup circuit to be presented outside of Europe. Overall, more than 25 teams throughout the world are coming together in the hope of completing the 7 stages, for a total distance of 600 km in 6 days. For more information visit http://tourabitibi.com/en/.
The 2016 RFGF Theme
We are rolling out our new theme for 2016. The message is "The Century of a Lifetime". Our design was created by Lars Lawson at Timber Design Co. The design shows a cyclist ticking off the miles on the way to 100. Highlighted in the design are the other route options at 25 and 65 miles. Our theme for 2016 is intended to be more inviting to ALL cyclists including families that would like to experience the thrill of a Fondo.
This years theme will be seen around Central Indiana on posters as well as in some local media advertising. If you would like a poster to display at your home, office, church or school just email us and we'll get one shipped out to you.
Rollfast Gran Fondo Jersey and Shorts
In addition to the new theme, we have posted the new Jersey and Short designs. These items were designed by Rollfast and will be produced by Hincapie Sportswear. You can purchase the jersey and shorts at our registration partner: CCN (https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/rollfast-gran-fondo/store)
Clearly we've been busy in the land of Illustrator and Photoshop. We've also been up late at night doing some coding. The Rollfast Gran Fondo website has taken a major upgrade. For all you techies out there, we now have a responsive site featuring parallax elements!
If you haven't seen it yet, head over to www.rollfastfondo.com and take a look. Let us know if you like it or if you see any problems! We are still working a few bugs out as expected.
Rollfast Closing the Mainstream Sports Gap
No longer do you only have scholarships for football, basketball and baseball. Rollfast is closing the mainstream sports gap by offering scholarships to students to further their cycling dreams.
CYCLING: THE OTHER YOUTH SPORT
Rollfast is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to enhance wellness by promoting bicycling as a means to good mental and physical health by producing events that also create opportunities for the youth of Indiana.
Rollfast is organized as a public benefit corporation exclusively for the following charitable purposes, including the making of distributions to organizations a) promoting health and physical fitness; b) promoting and raising funds for training programs for bicycle skills, fitness and safety, junior rider development, sponsoring charitable community bicycle events.
For more information on our grants, or to donate please visit: http://www.rollfastfondo.com/about-rollfast.asp
September 13, 2015
Carmel Indiana USA
If you were able to attend the Fondo back in September you no doubt have some great memories. The morning started out chilly, but turned into a beautiful sunny Indiana day. Perfect conditions were only enhanced by great roads, fully stocked rest areas, incredible volunteers, live music and freely flowing beer!
We had an elite group of 25 riders finish the 100 mile ride in under 4 hours. This is the fastest 100 mile open road ride in the country! Congratulations to those athletes that completed this challenge.
For those that took in the sites, the pace was relaxed and pleasurable.
Joining the ride in 2015 was former Pro Cyclist Bob "BOBKE" Roll. You may recognize Bobke from his many years of doing television commentary during the Tour de France with Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwen and Christian Vande Velde. Bob rode professionally on the first US based cycling team in the Tour de France, 7 Eleven.
- Professionally designed and marked routes
- Police controlled start/finish
- Motorcycle escort
- Tom Wood Ford support trucks
- Chip timing with live results
- Rest stops with lunch provided
A photo gallery has been created on the Rollfast SmugMug account. If you have photos you would like to share, just email us and we'd be happy to upload them! https://rollfast.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumKey=vdP8Jg
About the Rollfast Gran Fondo
Our vision is building a happier and healthier world through cycling. Matt and Chris Tanner founded the Rollfast Gran Fondo with the objective of sharing their passion for riding bikes in arguably one of the prettiest landscapes in the Mid-West. The Rollfast Gran Fondo has three ride options to suit all skill levels and features a Start/Finish venue at the beautiful Carmel City Center.
- Founded in 2013, we are Indiana’s first and only Gran Fondo
- Ranked 11th best Fondo in the United States (Gran Fondo Guide)
- We are creating a cycling legacy in Carmel, Indiana
- 16% of riders travel from out of state to participate
- Recruited 3 of the most well known professional cyclists in the World to our event
I first met Christian Vande Velde while riding up Alp d'Huez a few days after he crashed out of his final Tour de France. We rode together for about 30 minutes up the famous cycling route and talked about bikes and riding and what was happening in the tour. He came off as a "normal dude" although, he had a loose screw in his shoulder, road rash and was pumping out 350 watts leisurely up the mountain while I was gasping for air to keep up.
We met again at George Hincapie's house during the Hincapie Gran Fondo. George had invited my wife and I over to hang out at the pool and meet some people. When Christian walked in I had to tell him about our ride and he said "Oh yeah! I remember that!" then gave me a pound and hug like we were bros from high school. From that moment I knew we were going to have some fun.
Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I invited Christian and his wife Leah down to go to Carb Day and do some cycling. Carb day was a new experience for them both and they couldn't believe the size of the track. Christian shared stories of racing at Major Taylor Velodrome as a youth and told us the stories of how he almost went to Marian University.
Saturday morning, Christian and I drove over to the CIBA ride (Tour of Three Counties, hosted by Tom and Laurie Schmacher) unannounced. Christian didn't want to create a fuss about him being there. When we arrived, he couldn't believe how many people showed up. "You guys have group rides like this all the time??!?"
I had told a few of the juniors in our club to make sure and come out because I had a surprise for them. One of our riders (Spencer Miller) was in awe and fought hard all day to stay with the front group as close to VDV as possible. A few times on the ride there were gaps developing and Christian would grab Spencer by the saddle and power him back to the front.
We stopped at one of the rest areas at about 45 miles and again, Christian was floored. "You guys have rest stops with killer food too!?" - Yep, that's how we roll in Indiana with CIBA rides Christian!
I wasn't aware, but the entire ride, Christian had been talking to our juniors and other riders on the group. He told Spencer at the end he was going to launch a massive attack and lead out. Spencer was super excited. As we headed up Lafayette Rd towards Fishback school, Spencer went FLYING by me at about 30mph. I laughed and yelled "GO SPENCER!!!". I looked over my shoulder and Christian was smiling and stood up and jammed the pedals back up to him.
We rolled into the parking lot and got together for a group photo. Christian told one of our riders that he hasn't ridden that fast in about a year. It was a fabulous weekend with a great CIBA ride to cap it off. If you missed it, you can ride with Christian again at the Rollfast Gran Fondo, September 14th in Carmel Indiana.
Flight from the trainers
A gaggle of Rollfast Cyclists (17 in all) gathered at Rollfast headquarters in frigid Carmel, IN at 6 AM to load up the Rollfast deluxe trailer with our faithful steads. We were going in search of better weather, lumpier roads and adventure. Fueled by Matt’s finely brewed coffee we set off for the mountains of North and South Carolina.
We set off in the chilled air. We were delayed by a few flat tires, but undeterred we pressed on toward Skyuka Mountain Road. We were heading for the mountains, some of us for the first time.
PAIN. That is what I felt climbing up Skyuka. Skyuka is steep and 5.4 miles long. For a shlub like me that is a challenge. Pain….but what fun! I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the challenge. I also enjoyed seeing the junior riders charging up their first real mountain!
After some rollers our next challenge was Green River Cove Road. 2.4 miles and 17 switchbacks of cycling nirvana. At the end of the day I had ridden 70 miles and climbed 6,700 feet.
I was tired when we returned to the cabin. OK, I was destroyed. However after a shower, 30 minutes in the NormaTec boots, and excellent cuisine, I felt…almost normal.
Refueled by Chris (Rollfast owner and chef supreme) we were in for a special treat. We assembled at the base of Paris Mountain for a rendezvous with George and Rich Hincapie. Also joining us were some of the Hincapie Development riders. George gave the order to do a quick warm-up (100 meter U-Turn) and then attack Paris Mountain. My stiff legs were displeased with this plan but when a Tour de France stage winner says go, you GO. What a thrill to set a PR on a climb I’ve done numerous times with Big George waiting for me at the top!
We then had the thrill of riding with George, Rich and their young riders on George’s ‘secret’ roads. The scenery was great and the roads challenging. The highlight for me was hitting the Watershed climb at the front and stringing it out for the group, then pulling off and watching George, the Devo riders, and my teammates attack the climb.
As I worked my way up the climb I thought of the privilege of riding in this setting with this collection of teammates and world class cyclists. My thoughts went four weeks back in the past. I was lying in a bed in a heart hospital with patients dying around me. Grinding up the climb I couldn’t get the smile off of my face and the feeling that I am one fortunate shlub!
After finishing the Watershed climb I headed back to George’s hotel and restaurant with a few teammates while some of the stronger Rollfast riders continued on with George for some bonus climbing. We all regrouped for a fantastic lunch and camaraderie at Restaurant 17. George was gracious enough to spend some more time with us as we admired his hotel grounds.
From the hotel we cruised the 20 miles back to the Rollfast trailer-less aerodynamic due to the huge smiles we all had. While I relaxed at the trailer and reminisced with some teammates about the fantastic day, a number of the Rollfast mountain goats hit Paris Mountain for a second time. BALLERS.
45 degrees and raining. What should we do? Ride! We decided to keep the ride short and hit a coffee shop. All told we rode 22 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing in cold, soaking wet conditions. The looks on the faces of the people in the coffee shop as we walked in from the gloom was PRICELESS.
Saluda Grade is a great climb and I enjoyed climbing it (helped raise my core temperature!). Descending it in the rain was actually fun once we got going-except for how cold it made me. Thankfully I had a cappuccino to warm me up-courtesy of young Jacob who took pity on this cold shlub.
It was a fantastic camp. I enjoyed the cycling and the chance to spend time with some wonderful people. I have not been, nor shall I ever be a professional cyclist. I’m 44 years old with a quirky back and a questionable ticker. However, as the Rollfast team cruised the mountains and valleys of North and South Carolina. As we rubbed elbows with world class cyclists. As we refueled on and off the bike with top notch cuisine, this shlub felt like Big George himself…only a little chubbier.
Posted by Jay Dunbar, @cervelo17